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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $65
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Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite History

The Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite is a throwback style of the relic skate model by Vans that initially turned up on the surf-and-skate scene of South California in 1977. Initially called the Vans Style 36 before it was rebranded as the Old Skool, this skate-rooted sneaker was conceived out of a fancy doodle by Paul Van Doren that bore a curvy strip of leather on the outer panels of the shoe.  

The leather accent now known as the Sidestripe became a distinctive representation of Vans, while the Old Skool unpredictably became one of the widely sought-after key classics by the US brand. In spite the arrival of bulkier and more tech-forward skate profiles from younger labels at the flip of the century, authenticity held the Vans Old Skool a relevant skate shoe to this day.  

The introduction of the Vault collection in 2003, a high-end range of the Vans core classics, further strengthened the appeal of the Old Skool not just as a skate gear but a lifestyle sneaker as well. So far, Vans has already spewed tons of variations of the modest icon that there seems to be no shortage of design and colorway for its mushrooming devotees.  

One of the retro renditions of this much-sought legend is the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite. This variety is made with a strong retro fever in a wholly toned down form. At the same time, it is symbolic of the 1970s birth era of the Old Skool, which is also the similar period when Vans first played up with the checkerboard motif.  

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Style

Vans fused two of its iconic designs – the checkerboard and Sidestripe -- and came up with an Instagram-, cover page-worthy lifestyle sneaker, the low-top Vans Checkerboard Old SkoolWalk the city streets in style when you pair this with rolled-up denima plain tee, and plaid polo for a simple, laidback look; match it with tear-away pants and moisture-wicking shirt for a sporty vibe; or fuse it with tapered pants, plain undershirt, tailored coat for classy finish.  

Fit & Sizing  

Anchored with traditional canvas and suede upper, the low-top Vans Checkerboard Old Skool is made to last for a comparatively long time. Its lace-up composition, smooth lining, and padded tongue promise custom-fit, safety, and lasting comfort. This unisex sneaker which is relatively small and narrow may be purchased in men’s sizes from 6.5 to 13 US and women’s sizes from 5 to 14.5 US. 

Notable Features

Crafted with a well-assembled upper composition, the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite is outfitted with durable toe cap to withstand common abuses and comes with an adequately padded collar to support the foot during movement. This checkerboard-printed sneaker boasts a lightweight structure which makes it streetwear essential.   

Additional Info

  • The “Off the Wall” branding is glued on the heel. 
  • The white outsole takes on the design of Vans waffle tread.  
  • Vans label is displayed on the sockliner. 

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